M.M., University of Missouri, B.M., University of South Dakota
Elizabeth Bennett, native of Sioux City, Iowa is thrilled to be performing with Opera Omaha this Fall as the Mother in Hansel and Gretel. She has recently been seen onstage with Kansas City Concert Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and with Opera Fort Collins and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Puccini’s Turandot. She held the Middle America – Soprano Apprenticeship with the Kansas City Lyric Opera where she made her Kansas City debut in La Cenerentola. She also appeared on the Kansas City Lyric stage as Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and with the Kansas City Puccini Festival singing the title roles in Suor Angelica, Il tabarro and Turandot. Additional roles to her credit include Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), New Prioress (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Mimi (La Boheme) and Lucy Brown (Three Penny Opera) to name a few.
Paul Horsely, classical music critic for the Kansas City Star, stated “One of my picks for ‘Best of the Year’ in local classical and dance was the Puccini Festival’s performance of Turandot, with Elizabeth Bennett in the title role and 200 singers and instrumentalists.” Elizabeth has also been a young artist/apprentice with Opera Theatre St. Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera in the Ozarks and Seagle Music Colony. “Her soprano is big and beautiful, with those honey-glazed top notes, and it’s immensely pleasurable to hear….. a voice like hers can’t be created by any teaching program.” FWWeekly Online
Elizabeth has been named winner of the Naftsger Young Artist Vocal Competition, regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards and a national finalist in the Fort Worth Opera McCammon Competition. She has been teaching voice for over a decade and is honored to be part of SNJ Studio of Music.